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Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Today’s fun winter card features the Baby, It’s Cold Outside stamp set from Evelin T Designs’ latest release. I just love this big illustration of a monster sledding! I haven’t been sledding in ages and the monster’s excitement makes me want to go, except I’m getting old and can’t tolerate the cold much anymore so maybe not. LOL

I started this card by selecting distress ink colours for my image. Then I stamped the images and sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I die cut the background from a retired arch die. If you’re looking for something similar, I’ve provided an alternate in the supply links on my blog.

I also stamped tiny snowflakes with Versamark Watermark ink before ink blending the background with three shades of blue distress ink. I watercoloured the image, dried it with my heat tool and fussy cut it. To create the shaker, I added acetate to the front panel and used foam tape to build walls to house the sequins and seed beads.

I love this idea for winter cards in lieu of holiday cards or in addition to Christmas cards. No doubt, this winter will feel extra long and we can all use as much happy mail as possible! I’m tempted to make a bunch of these in different colours.

Please visit my blog post, Instagram feed and YouTube channel for more inspiration!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Peonies with a Touch of Gold

 Hello my fabulous friends!

Kassi here, and I’m back with another guest design project! Today I’m mixing watercolors and foil again, for an elegant look that is SUPER easy to achieve! Let’s take a look!

Today I’m working with the absolutely beautiful With Love, Peonies digi stamp. Isn’t it a stunning floral?!?!

I printed this GORGEOUS peony image onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock using a laser printer. From there, I did some super basic watercoloring.  One of thing about watercolors is that imperfections can add to the overall effect… so don’t overthink it! Just have fun!

Bristol is technically a paper designed to be used with pen and ink, not watercolors, so it can’t handle too much water or overworking the areas. If you are using traditional watercolors, you’ll want to keep that in mind. My printer doesn’t like printing on my nice thick watercolor paper though, so I make do with this.

After everything was completely dry, I ran it through my  laminator with some gold heat reactive foil. The foil sticks to the toner lines, giving a beautiful foiled outline to the flowers. 

One thing I noticed when foiling on Bristol cardstock is that when you have really thin lines, sometimes part of the line will flake off.. I think this is because the toner can’t set as well into the Bristol paper, so sometimes it flakes off a little instead of just adhering the foil… however, I really like the slightly distressed look. It makes it twinkle when it hits the light instead of just flash! So embrace the imperfections!

Thanks for letting me share some watercolored inspiration with you this month! Be sure to check out Evelin T Designs website to see the full line of clear and digital stamps, as well as lots more amazing inspiration! 

hugs!
~Kassi

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Make Waves

Hello everyone! {creative chick}, Jenn Shurkus here and I am wicked excited to be guest designing for Evelin T Designs this month! For those who don’t know me, I am a part-time mermaid and live on Cape Cod in MA. I am only 5 minutes from the beach, and I spend a lot of time there (brushing up on my mermaid skills 😉 )

So, it was only fitting for my first card to share with you be a mermaid card! Even better that this is a “purr-maid” as I have 3 kitties who keep me company in my studio.

For this card I used the Under the Sea: Merfriends and the Under the Sea: Background stamps. I did some no line watercoloring with Distress Inks on Distress Watercolor Cardstock.

First, I stamped all the images with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I proceeded to color them in with various Distress Ink colors. It’s so fun how the stamped line will take on the property of the Distress Ink color that you are painting it with. Some of the items were stamped directly onto the background, while some were stamped on another piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock and fussy cut out, then added to this underwater scene.

I love creating cards with kitties, and I often color them to look like one of my boys. But this time I decided to color this cutie a soft brown. Shhh… don’t tell my kitties ok? I absolutely LOVE this sentiment “be a mermaid and make waves” – such a fun message of encouragement!

Finally, I also added a touch of chunky glitter here and there a long the sea floor as I often do. I hope you enjoy this card, and it inspires you to create something! I invite you to pop on over to my site today where I am sharing another card with some Evelin T Designs goodies and I will be back next week with some more inspiration! Have a fabulous day!

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A Halloween Story

I’m so excited to share this card with you because it turned out exactly how I had hoped it would! I had this lovely idea of a girl reading a spooky story and her interpretation of the story is brought to life in the vision above her.

I made this card by stamping images from Best Friends Fur-Ever and All Hallow’s Cuteness, then creating masks for them. I used a retired Quotables Die (alternates are listed on my blog) to create the separation between reality and fantasy. Then I used a Cloud Stencil to sponge the background.

After the background was completed, I sprayed water droplets on the top panel and removed the masks. Then I watercoloured the images with distress inks and adhered the two panels to the card base. To add mystique, I used Iridescent Stars on both panels.

For a full supply list, please visit my blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop feat. Coffee Loving Critters

What’s better than coffee? Cute critters drinking coffee! In fact, Evelin T Designs has a stamp set by that exact name that has recently been restocked – the adorable Coffee Loving Critters! My card features the adorable kitty from that set, enjoying her latte in a pink mug with some catnip by her side. LOL

The sentiment is also from Coffee Loving Critters, the little plant is from All Hallow’s Cuteness and the banner is from Framed, a stamp and die set that Evelin designed for Winnie & Walter. Unfortunately, Winnie & Walter is no longer in business but you might be able to find a secondhand set somewhere out in the crafty universe.

To make this card, I used my MISTI stamping tool to stamp all the images. I created masks to protect all the images, stamping the kitty first, then the plant and finally the banner. I left the masks in place so I could ink blend the background with four Simon Hurley create inks. After blending, I splattered the background with water, white mist and shimmer mist.

I removed the masks and watercolored the images with Simon Hurley create ink refills and you can find the links to all the colours below. To finish the card, I embellished the top and bottom edges using the Essentials by Ellen Stitches Cover Plate and Stitching Lines dies. I also added enamel hearts from my stash and linked to alternates below.

Please visit my blog for a full supply list. I’m linking this card to the 2020 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and hope you’ll play along.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Two Many Cards Video Series feat. Evelin T Designs + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! It’s Emily Leiphart and Samantha Mann here with the next instalment in our video series, Two Many Cards! We’re delighted to be creating with Evelin T Designs, featuring the Coffee Loving Critters and Reading Buddies stamp sets.

Emily’s video is up first:

And now Sam’s video:

Be sure to stop by our blogs for more photos and a full supply list:

Evelin T Designs is giving away TWO $15 gift certificates and one lucky winner will be chosen randomly from each of our videos. You must be a subscriber to both our channels!

Be sure to leave some love for both of us to increase your chances of winning! For additional entries, subscribe to the Evelin T Designs mailing list (via www.evelintdesigns.com), join the Evelin T Designs FB Fan Club and follow Evelin T Designs on Instagram. Comments will close at 11:59pm EST on February 7, 2020 and the winners will be announced in the YouTube description for today’s video before the next video goes live. Be sure to check back to see if you’re one of the lucky winners!

Thanks so much for watching!

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Last-Minute Gift Tags

Merry Christmas Eve to those of you who celebrate! I’m here sharing some last-minute gift tags because how many of us calculate correctly and have enough on hand? It’s always better to have extras for those surprise gifts. Plus, they’re fun to make and can easily be turned into a card!

I watercolored images from Good Tidings to You and Fun in the Snow , using Simon Hurley create ink pads and I also stamped the snowflakes with the same inks. These inks are equally fantastic for stamping and watercoloring, which I love, and you can find all of the colours listed in the supply links below.

I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen on the animals’ red winter accessories and banners. The banners are from Evelin’s set called Framed for Winnie & Walter and they make awesome shaped tags. In the close-up, you can see how shimmery it makes the image. It’s so pretty and festive!

To finish, I stamped the sentiments, then did a bit of masking to stamp the snowflakes. I secured the animals using glue dots, punched a 1/8″ hole and threaded black cord.

For those of you who are celebrating this holiday season, I hope it’s wonderful! Even if you have no plans, I hope you enjoy the break!

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Warm Winter Wishes

Today I’m sharing a sweet holiday card featuring the Warm Winter Wishes stamp set. It was hard to pick which images I wanted to work with since they’re all so cute! Since I’m a big coffee/tea lover, I decided to colour the three cuties holding mugs.

I decided on a colour theme to highlight their scarves and mittens. Then I watercoloured each image strategically so they would look great sitting in a row with their winter accessories, enjoying their beverages.

To create an interesting background and to highlight these adorable images, I used two different dies to create a border with wonky scallops and stitching. Then I used the colours I used on the accessories to sponge the edges before stamping the sentiment.

I adhered fun foam to the back of the panels and used foam tape to attach the animals. To finish, I added a little white silk bow to the bunny’s ear.

Be sure to visit my blog for a full supply list. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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It’s BOO-tastic!

On this eve of Halloween, I’m featuring It’s BOO-tastic!. I loved creating this masked one-layer card with these adorably spooky images. I started by stamping the images and creating masks for them. I stamped the pumpkins first on watercolour cardstock, placed the mask to protect it and stamped the rest of the images.

After stamping all of the images, I left their masks in place, cut a hill from masking paper and sponged the background with distress inks. Then I splattered the background with water and two distress spray stains. Then I removed the masks and used distress inks to watercolour the images.

If you are celebrating, I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween, whether you’re trick-or-treating with your kids or having a party in your home or elsewhere.

Thanks so much for stopping by!